A sublimation printer has the ability to print onto fabric, plastic, card, paper and almost every flat surface. Many of the sublimation printers are used and designed for producing realistic/photographic prints, clothing, plastic ID cards and more.
The unique sublimation dyes are on transferred sheets of paper also called “transfer paper.” The ink is transferred on to whatever surface that needs to be with the combination of heat, pressure and time. During the heating process, the ink is transferred to the surface permanently. The heat can go up to 380-420 degrees Fahrenheit.
For textiles in particular sublimation is printed on synthetic fabrics and polyester. It is used for applications such as sportswear, yoga pants, and t-shirts. The sublimation prints stick strongly because the inks are embedded onto the surface at a molecule level it is almost permanent. Also during the last process of laminating the surface, it helps the print to be protected by moisture and UV protection. The fabric is permanently dyed so it can be washed without damaging the quality of the prints.
The advantages of using digital sublimation are that it is durable, strong, the images would not fade or peel, high-quality resolution of images just like photographs and you can print on pretty much any surface desiring. However there is a slight disadvantage which Is since the printer needs to heat up and pay close detail to print, the printer is overall slow. Also if there is a chance that the printer may overprint any wrinkles, creases or any tears that may cause damage to the whole design.
Sportek International has been the most trusted brand in the textile industry since 1991. Our goal and mission statement at Sportek is to serve our customers and navigate them through the process and through our capabilities to further help them and their brands reach their maximum potential. We are recognized as the largest suppliers of spandex, stretch and functional fabrics in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
We specialize in areas such as technical, functional, circular/ tricot knit, woven stretch fabrics as well as sublimation and custom digital printing. We are focused on supplying to the activewear, yoga wear, sportswear, and sublimation industries. For sublimation, in particular, we are very speedy and can give samples, strike-offs and actual prints with quick overnight shipping.
Our innovation and creativity have allowed us to help our clients stay in a competitive rapidly growing and changing apparel industry. We provide clients with the latest and most up to date styles. The Sportek ensures that all its textiles are only of the most premium of quality. Our sources are tested and kept up to the high standards. Sportek understands that our customers can be in very time restricted situations. Sportek logistics, with its sophisticated stock system, has the quickest turnaround time on its orders, as well as sample orders.